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Song Beneath the Song: Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue”

Bod Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue,” from his 1975 classic Blood On the Tracks, is unfinished. Always has been, always will be. Its incompleteness, however, is part of its power. It is no accident. Dylan engineered “Tangled Up In Blue” to be open-ended, unsealed, and shape-shifting, not unlike a jazz composition. He tinkers with it, sometimes radically reinventing it, both lyrically and melodically, to this day, making it one of the most resilient, resonant unfinished songs ever. Our own Robert Burke Warren gets deep into this distinctive, odd nugget from the Dylan canon. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: “Darling Nikki” by Prince

Greg Olear has the dirt on Nikki. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” as Tarot Card Reading

To explain the lyrics to “Stairway to Heaven,” Greg Olear looks to his Rider-Waite deck. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: “Hey Jealousy” by the Gin Blossoms

Twenty years ago, “Hey Jealousy” climbed to #4 on the Billboard charts. A few months later, the man who wrote the song killed himself. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: “The Reflex” by Duran Duran

When you finish reading this analysis by Greg Olear, the hidden meaning of “The Reflex” will no longer leave you answered with a ? Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: Xmas Edition

Greg Olear examines the lyrics of some popular holiday favorites. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: “Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens

In this recurring feature, Greg Olear offers an analysis of the sublime seventh track on Illinoise. Continue reading




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Song Beneath the Song: American Pie, Bohemian Rhapsody, Norwegian Wood

In which Greg Olear reveals the hidden meanings of three of his favorite songs: “American Pie,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Norwegian Wood” Continue reading




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